The Future of Social Entrepreneurship

Posted By: Rise Team|Dated: December 14, 2012

Social Innovation

Venue: Twitter Chat
Time: 3PM EST
Date:19 December 2012

The world has changed since the ’80s, when Bill Drayton, Ashoka’s founder and CEO, first used the term “social entrepreneur” to describe someone who uses business principles to tackle social problems.

The phrase, while applied to successful innovators throughout the social sector, isn’t yet understood on a truly global scale. But we’ve already seen changemakers and their social business models begin to redefine the corporate strategies of tomorrow. Some social entrepreneurs have even been front and center at major worldwide events, including this year’s G2012 Conference in Mexico.

Where do we go from here? What is the future of social entrepreneurship and social innovation? That’s what Ashoka, the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI), and others are asking. A couple of weeks ago, Bill Drayton and New York Times solutions journalist David Bornstein shared their predictions during an event at CSI in New York City. CSI Executive Director Eli Malinsky also put together a handful of predictions of his own.

But we want to hear what YOU—the global community of changemakers—think, because in this rapidly changing world we share, the future will be here before we know it.

Speak up and let the world know how we can change the world for the better during our next #SocEntChat on Wednesday December 13 at 3 p.m. EST. Joining the conversation is easy; check the FAQs below for instructions. Even if you don’t tweet, it’ll be worth tracking the hashtag, where today’s leading social innovators will share their insights. Also, be sure to invite your friends and followers to join the discussion. The best way is to post a tweet or Facebook post like this one:

Mark your calendars: #SocEntChat next Thurs 12/19 about the future of social entrepreneurship from 3pm ET #FutureSocEnt

Also mark your calendars for another live online social innovation event. We’re hosting a Google+ Hangout this week, on Thursday, December 13, from 10-11 a.m. EST. “Can you work in a corporation and be social innovator?”: early entry winners from the inauguralLeague of Social Intrapreneurs Ashoka Changemakers competition will share their expertise. Watch the Hangout live by tuning into our Youtube channel and use the #SocInthashtag to join the conversation on Twitter.

See you on the Web, changemakers!

#SocEntChat FAQ

Q: Wait, what’s a #SocEntChat?
A: A live Twitter-based discussion focused on issues related to social entrepreneurship—in this case, it’s future.

Q: Who can participate?
A: Anyone with a Twitter account, and everyone else without one. All you have to do is follow the #SocEntChat hashtag using or an application like TweetDeck. However, to be an active participant, you’ll have to join the Twittersphere.

Q: How does it work?
A: Ashoka (@Ashoka) will guide the discussion in 140-character bits, posing questions to the community. To have your burning questions answered, send tweet them (and the hashtag) to @Ashoka ahead of time. To debate, investigate, explore, and connect with other participants, simply tag your tweets with #SocEntChat. As always, be respectful, stay on topic, and all that other good stuff.

Q: What if I can’t make it?
A: Bummer. But if you believe in our mission to further social innovation and want to support the cause, we’ve got just the thing for you this holiday season: give a gift that gives back. For as little as $10, you can directly support the system-changing work of Ashoka, or your favorite Ashoka Fellows. Every little bit helps. Plus, we’ll put together a list of takeaways from the discussion after the event. Stay tuned.


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